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The inventory of Meyah phonemes includes fourteen consonants and five vowels: b/, t/d, c/j, k/g, 
liaj and /n/. There is no voiceless bilabial stop /p/. The fricatives include bilabial /f/, /s/ and velar /x/ 
with occasional lenition to [h]. Flap [r] and the lateral [1] freely vary in all environments. Meyah 
vowel phonemes are /i, e, a, o, u/. The vowel /e/ is a front open-mid vowel. Diphthongs are /ei/, /ai/, 
/ou,/ and /au/. Epenthetic semi-vowels /y/ and /w/ are used intervocalically as in: efeya 'wet' and 
okowu *debt\ Vowel sequences include /ie/, /ia/» /ua/, /ui/ and /uo/ as in: ebiedi 'relate*, ariawun 
'medicine', rua 'they*, oduis 'stab', juomu 'third*. Meyah is a pitch accent language using two 
phonemic pitch levels [-fHigh] and [-High]. In polysyllabic words only one syllable carries the 
distinguishing pitch accent. The placement of accent is not predictable: eg 'hear' / eg , 'smell*, mds 
'rain' / mds 'frog' (Gravelle 2000), 



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LINGUISTIC STUDIES OF INDONESIAN 
AND OTHER LANGUAGES IN INDONESIA 

VOLUME 47, 2000 



STUDIES IN IRIAN LANGUAGES 

PART II 



Edited by 
GER P. REESINK